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Legal and Patent Strategies for Entrepreneurs - Co-Sponsored by CNET and ENET

  • 04 Dec 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag, 1000 Winter St. Suite 4000, Waltham, MA.


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Meeting Presentation: 

Matthew S. Eckert, Attorney, Foley Hoag, LLP, Presentation

Thomas Durkin, Managing Partner, Gesmer Updegrove, LLP, Presentation

Andrew (A.J.) Tibbetts,  Presentation

J. Scott Southworth, Attorney at Law - Patents and Intellectual Property, Presentation

We feature a panel of attorneys with extensive experience in the legal issues faced by technology companies and their founders. These include incorporation and choice of entity decisions; promises of equity participation in the early stages; protection and licensing of intellectual property; and day-to-day issues such as employment, sales, and collection matters.

The distinguished legal experts on this panel -- selected from the prominent area law firms of Foley Hoag, Gesmer Updegrove, Wolf Greenfield, and J Scott Southworth -- have provided counsel on such issues in a wide variety of practical situations. They will share the benefits of this experience while providing insight into how to work with a business attorney in a productive and cost effective manner.

The objective of this meeting is to provide a forum for discussion of the critical legal issues facing the founders, investors, and managers of technology companies. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session where you will be invited to present your own legal questions and seek guidance from the panel. While not intended as a substitute for securing your own legal counsel, previous attendees have found this forum to be particularly valuable for seeking initial understanding of the issues that confront startup companies.


Matthew S. Eckert, Attorney, Foley Hoag, LLP (http://www.foleyhoag.com/)

Matt Eckert's business law practice focuses on advising venture capital funds in investments covering a broad range of size and complexity, as well as on assisting emerging companies across the spectrum of development stages in capital-raising activities and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to his extensive work with venture funds and private companies, Matt has substantial experience assisting public companies with securities law compliance, including periodic reporting, securities registration and proxy solicitation. He also counsels clients, both public and private, on other business transactions and general corporate matters.

Thomas Durkin, Managing Partner, Gesmer Updegrove, LLP(http://www.gesmer.com/home.php)

As Managing Partner of Gesmer Updegrove, Tom applies the skills and experiences that he has gained in representing emerging businesses over the past 25 years. Having management responsibility, Tom understands the concerns of entrepreneurs when facing difficult decisions for their own businesses. Tom primarily serves as outside general counsel to emerging and middle-market companies, providing guidance and assistance in all aspects of their organization, operation and financing. He has helped many technology companies with their product development, licensing and distribution arrangements. Through his extensive work with emerging, fast growth companies, Tom has considerable experience with early stage and venture financing, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and M&A transactions.

Andrew (A.J.) Tibbetts

A.J. Tibbetts assists clients in patent prosecution in the area of electrical and computer technologies.

Representative Matters

  • - Counseled start-ups in developing and implementing intellectual property strategies to protect core technologies.
  • - Assisted in defense of client against historically-successful patent litigant.

  • - Worked with investors in research division of multinational company to protect new venture for company.

  • - Prosecuted applications for foreign companies seeking protection in U.S.

Previous Experience:  Prior to joining Wolf Greenfield, A.J. worked as a professional programming intern at IBM/Lotus where he was chiefly responsible for identifying and resolving bug fixes in Lotus Notes. He also built and maintained databases to track departmental work and calculate statistics on programmer workloads, and aided in the construction of tools to streamline and automate building of hot fixes and patches.

 A.J. also worked for the retailer Christmas Tree Shops where his main focus was developing a client/server application to calculate sales and inventory statistics for planning purposes. He oversaw the project from the planning stages through documentation and roll-out. 

J. Scott Southworth, Attorney at Law - Patents and Intellectual Property (http://www.southworthpatent.com/)

Scott Southworth is the founder of an independent private practice in patent and intellectual property (IP) law established in 2003. He has worked extensively with entrepreneurs and start-up companies developing patent portfolios and counseling them on a broad range of IP and due diligence issues. He has also performed patent and IP legal work for major technology and computer companies, as well as educational institutions. Technical areas include computers, electronic devices, software, networks, wireless communications, and related areas. His legal publications and presentations have covered several topics, such as provisional patent applications and publicizing inventions on web sites. He has had patent and IP experience at several Boston area law firms.



William Byrnes, Esq., Byrnes & Associates


Bill is an attorney and senior executive with 25+ years of experience building value by commercializing information and technology. Bill's focus involves a unique application of his legal and business management experience on the day-to-day management of all elements of the product, sales, and contract life cycles as the core of the business. The effect of this focus can convert expense into value driven to the bottom line with increased shareholder value as the results.

Bill received his undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Boston University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a L.L.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University Law School, Graduate Tax Program. He is also a Boston Entrepreneurs' Network board member.